History you can see, touch, smell and talk to.

Heritage Park features over 180 attractions and exhibits that reflect the challenges, lives and victories experienced by the generations responsible for the settlement of Western Canada. In many cases, the houses, stores and machinery at each exhibit are original. Thousands of Western Canada’s historical treasures have been generously donated and relocated to the Park.

As an accredited museum, Heritage Park is proud to preserve and share history in a way that lets visitors experience it with all five senses. Our costumed interpreters add another dimension to the immersive historical experience and bring our attractions and exhibits to life.

The Park’s attractions and exhibits span Western Canadian history from the 1860s to 1950s, and are situated in four locations around the Park:

  • 1860s Fur Trading Fort and First Nations Encampment
  • 1880s Pre-railway Settlement
  • c.1910 Prairie Railway Town
  • 1930s, '40s and '50s Gasoline Alley Museum and Heritage Town Square

Browse the Park’s exhibits below to learn more about where the Park’s vast historical offerings originated and how they came to call Heritage Park home.


 

 

Strathmore Insurance Office

William Goffrier built this little office in Strathmore in 1908, and from it, conducted a multitude of businesses: insurance sales, a farm implement dealership and a real estate business. While it didn't become a dedicated insurance agency until 1926, there is little doubt of its importance, given the fact that early prairie communities and farms were extremely susceptible to damage from natural disasters...

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Talisman Heritage Education Centre (Burns Barn)

This barn was built in 1927 for the P. Burns and Company Bow Valley Ranch in Calgary. Its owner, Patrick Burns, was one of the celebrated Big Four who first invested in Guy Weadick's Calgary Stampede in 1912...

 

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The Caterpillar

Before the start of the 20th century, rides were not the main attraction at local fairs and travelling shows. It was felt that a fair's purpose was to educate and provide a location for socializing, not to entertain. After 1900, when government agencies and agricultural schools took over the role of rural educator, carnivals became more entertainment oriented. Shows, games of chance and rides such as this one, which runs on a circular, undulating track, enjoyed increasing popularity...

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The Strathmore and Bow Valley Standard

The owner of a newspaper in a small prairie town was often its only employee - acting simultaneously as publisher, editor, typesetter, advertisement and subscription solicitor and reporter...

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The Whip

William F. Mangels, a successful carnival and amusement park ride designer and manufacturer, built and patented the first Whip in 1914; installing it at Luna Park in Coney Island, New York. The Whip was the world's first thrilling ride, and was a fairground mainstay for several decades...

 

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Gasoline Alley

Gasoline Alley

Tuesday - Sunday
10:00am - 4:00pm
 

Historical Village

Historical Village

Closed for Winter Season
Open May 20, 2017

 

Haskayne Mercantile Block

Gift Shops

Open Daily
11:00am - 5:00pm
 

Railway Cafe

Railway Cafe

Open Daily
10:00am - 4:00pm
 

Selkirk Grille

Selkirk Grille

Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch & Dinner


Heritage Park Historical Village

Heritage Park Historical Village

1900 Heritage Dr. S.W.
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 2X3
Canada

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